President Donald Trump visited New Hampshire today to unveil additional steps his administration will take to combat the country’s opioid crisis, including seeking the death penalty for drug traffickers.
“We have got to get tough,” Trump said about the opioid crisis. “This isn't about nice anymore, this isn't about committees, this isn't about ‘Let's get everybody and have dinners, and let's have everybody go to a blue ribbon committee and everybody gets a medal.’”
The president then talked about the Justice Department bringing litigation against drug manufacturers and launching a major anti-drug advertising campaign.
Trump blamed Democrats for not supporting a southern border wall with Mexico, which is tied to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which Republicans support, he said.
Those comments led to remarks about immigration and sanctuary cities, which led to remarks about the extreme violence of MS-13 gangs.
At that point, Trump asked Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to say a few words about lowering prescription drug prices.
“So last year, the [Food and Drug Administration] approved more generic drugs than it ever has in its history,” Azar said. “And that brings prices down for the patients, for the system, for everybody.”
Trump then remarked about the Right to Try Act (H.R. 5247) that allows terminally ill patients to take experimental drugs, which failed to pass in the House on March 13.
That led the president to call on Congress to change the restrictive 1970s-era law preventing Medicaid for paying for care at certain treatment facilities with more than 16 beds.
Finally, the president spoke in favor of hiring former prison inmates, and how they were getting a second chance because of the strong economy.
“We will defeat this crisis, we will protect our beautiful children and we will ensure that tomorrow is better, brighter, stronger and greater than ever before,” Trump concluded.
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